Guide to Relocating to NYC

Living in New York is easy: Wake up; ride one of the world’s most incredible public-transportation systems to work; and check out world-class cuisine, entertainment, and nightlife after hours. Moving to New York, on the other hand, can be a bit more complicated, between finding a job, renting an apartment, and making a whole new group of friends. To help you through the process, we’ve compiled this handy guide.

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Apartment

Chances are, the apartment or job (below) are the first things you’ll want to pin down, so arm yourself with all the relevant knowledge before renting your abode. If you wish to use a broker, work with an established firm, like Corcoran or Elliman. To avoid the broker fee entirely, make use of the “no-fee” filters on Craigslist and Padmapper. Leasebreak is another convenient option, allowing you to take over other users’ rentals. There’s also a mailing list that sends out weekly room and apartment listings for artists and writers.

Remember to budget an extra month’s rent for the security deposit, and if you do work with a broker, to save an additional 8 to 15% of your anticipated first year’s rent for the fee.

Job

Finding a job in NYC doesn’t have to be any more difficult than finding an apartment. You just need to approach the job search with a New Yorker’s hustle. We recommend attending networking events, collaborating with recruiters who work in your field, and, for short-term employment, reaching out to staffing agencies such as Atrium and Adecco. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box either — whether using your LinkedIn connections, reviewing the resources provided by the NY State Department of Labor, or simply sending your résumé to your favorite companies’ HR departments.

Community

One of the best parts of living in New York is all the other incredible people who call this city home, so sign up for classes, clubs, and coworking spaces where you can meet as many as possible. Take a lesson at the Art Students League or General Assembly software-development academy, create a MeetUp.com account, or join WeWork or the Wing if you find yourself frequently working from home. You’ll have a great set of new friends who can further acquaint you with the city’s incredible culture and more than 100 vibrant neighborhoods.

If you need a place to stay while you transition, consider the extended-stay rentals at Sutton Court and make your Manhattan move a reality.

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